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25 May 2018



Your chance to decide the 2018 Best of ITS Award winners

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ITS America’s competitive Best of ITS Award scheme  annually recognises organisations that have implemented the most advanced transportation projects in the transportation and technology industry. This programme aims to distinguish organisations whose projects demonstrate specific and measurable outcomes and exemplify innovation.

What’s new at this year’s ITS America Annual Meeting Detroit is that the finalists will be judged by attendees! So make sure you visit all eight tables and learn about the projects up for an award. Cast your vote for the BEST project in each of the categories; Connectivity, Autonomy, and the Future of Transportation and Transport and Transportation Systems Operations by placing your business card in the project bowl.

Voting will be on Tuesday, 5 June and close at 6:00pm, so delegates need to be sure to cast their vote for their top project, one in each category before then! Winners will be announced at Best of ITS Award/State DOT Roundtable Reception.

Here are the finalists and projects:

Connectivity, Autonomy, and the Future of Transportation

The American Center for Mobility

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and The American Center for Mobility (ACM)

The American Center for Mobility is a non-profit public/private partnership creating a world-leading facility for innovation, testing and product development, to act as a national proving ground for future mobility.  The project is a model of how partnerships can accelerate the development and deployment of life-changing and live-saving technologies, and is creating opportunities through collaboration with the auto industry and technology solution providers to realize the vision of greater transportation safety, mobility, accessibility, sustainability, economic sustainability, economic growth, and quality of life.

Deployment and operation of V2X safety applications and infrastructure to predict and prevent crashes

Derq USA, Michigan DOT and MEDC's PlanetM

Derq develops advanced V2X software applications that predict and prevent crashes. In Spring 2018, Derq, MDOT, and PlanetM launched a connected intersection and deployed two of Derq’s AI-based applications on live roads in the city of Detroit to demonstrate how predicting car accidents can make roads safer and save lives.

Transportation Systems Operations


Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

Pennsylvania’s 511PAConnect program is a multi-agency solution for providing two-way communications with motorists involved in trapped queue situations, without the need for a mobile app or any kind of pre-registration.  511PAConnect is an effective communication tool providing agencies with situational awareness for better emergency response; comforting stranded motorists by exchanging critical information; and simultaneously reducing non-emergency 911 calls.

Houston Metro City of Baytown Adaptive Signal Timing System with Performance Validation, Measures 25 % Improvement Using Cellular Data

City of Baytown

The City of Baytown was awarded a 2017 Best of ITS Texas Award for the implementation and precision testing of an adaptive traffic signal network that spanned two years. It stands out because of the independent data from Bluetooth readers to precisely measure and quantify results.  By validating the positive impact that adaptive traffic systems deliver, it will substantiate future investments in infrastructure, as Baytown is a major hub for oil refining, chemical, plastics and rubber manufacturing.    
TidalWave, Bringing the power of artificial intelligence AI to intersections everywhere

Trafficware and Swim.AI

Trafficware and Swim.AI, a Silicon Valley edge intelligence software firm, deliver a live streaming traffic information service powered by machine-learning and edge computing. The system,  deployed in the Silicon Valley community of the City of Palo Alto, analyses, learns and predicts as data is created, at the edge, using a powerful edge compute/data fabric that delivers precise, granular traffic data at a resolution of hundreds of milliseconds, at a small fraction of the cost of central cloud-hosting.

From pilot project to priority: Faster bus service in NYC

Global Traffic Technologies (GTT) and Greenman-Pederson

To curtail declining ridership and speed up bus services, GTT and Greenman-Pederson partnered with the NYC MTA, NYCDOT and other vendors to test a centralised Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system along the city’s second busiest bus route. Following that successful pilot project, a reliable, cost-effective TSP solution is being deployed to nearly 6,000 buses and 13,000 intersections.

Regional Transportation System Operations – The Commercial Deployment Journey

Ericsson and Intelight

The City of Dallas leadership in spearheading and enabling this public-private cross-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary approach to regional transportation system operations will inspire other municipalities and serve as a role model for how ITS transformations can be accomplished commercially.  Successful proof of concepts have led to a city-wide deployment that is already providing measurable results for our community in the short term while paving the way for the future.

US-23 Flex Route

Michigan Department of Transportation and HNTB Corporation

Active Traffic Management (ATM) is the ability to dynamically manage recurrent and non-recurrent congestion using technology and operational strategies. US-23 Flex Route, Michigan’s first ATM system, provides additional capacity during peak periods by opening the median shoulder, improves incident response, speed harmonisation and advance notice to drivers of upcoming conditions.

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